West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Associate in Arts, A.A. (Concentrations: History, Psychology, Social Science)

Associate in Arts Degree
General Concentration


This program is designed for those who expect to transfer to a college or university to study in a variety of liberal arts programs, including art, communication, education, English, journalism, library science, philosophy, pre-law, political science, or the social sciences. The curriculum gives students a broad background in liberal arts with an emphasis in the Liberal Arts disciplines.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories, concepts, and principles relevant to the liberal arts
  • Demonstrate a readiness to enter a bachelor degree program with appropriate commitment to attendance, initiative, organization, and interest in the concentration field
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to general education competencies for the Associate in Arts degree, including the ability to:
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work collaboratively
  • Think critically and solve problems
  • View issues from a global perspective
  • Conduct basic research using computers
  • Appreciate literature and the arts
  • Live according to conscious values and ethics

Graduates of this program would plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in a variety of liberal arts disciplines, and may go on to earn an advanced degree.


First Year - Fall Semester

CourseCr. Hours
ENG 101 College Composition I       3
HIST History Core Requirement       3
MATH Mathematics Core Requirement     3-5
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology      3
SPCH 105 Fundamentals of Speech Comm.      3


First Year - Spring Semester

CourseCr. Hours
ENG 102 College Composition II       3
MATH Mathematics Core Requirement
Science Core Requirement
Social Science Core Requirement      3
Concentration Elecctive*      3
Elective      3


Second Year - Fall Semester

CourseCr. Hours
HPE Physical Education Requirement#      1
HUM Humanities Core Requirement      3
SCI Science Core Requirement      4
SOC 125 Introduction to Sociology      3
Concentration Elective*      3


Second Year - Spring Semester

CourseCr. Hours
HUM Humanities Core Requirement      3
POLS 102 American National Govt. & Politics      3
SS 255 The Global Community      3
Concentration Elective*      3
Elective      3

 Total Hours in Program - 60-63

*Choose from: Any ART, ENG, ECON, HIST, MUS, SOC, SS, PSYC, or PHIL (3 hours from 3 separate disciplines to equal 9 hours).
Concentration electives and general electives should be selected in consultation with an advisor and/or the college to which the student intends to transfer.
Refer to Core Requirements for the Associate in Arts Program in the College Catalog for acceptable core requirements in HUM, HIST, SS, MATH, and SCI. #HPE requirements can be fulfilled with any HPE course.
Note: Courses used to fulfill core requirements may not also be used as concentration hours.


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